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when do you need an immigration lawyer?

We’ll be the first to tell you that certain immigration issues don’t always require help from an immigration attorney. For instance, if you want to visit the U.S. for leisure and won’t overstay your welcome, you might not need legal help. You might not even need a visa if your country is part of the Visa Waiver Program. 

That being said, U.S. immigration law is immensely, notoriously complex. In most cases, having the legal guidance of an experienced Austin immigration attorney could help considerably. It could save you stress, time, and money, such as in cases where you might need to defend yourself. For example, in a removal proceeding following a failed application or need to redo your application.

when do you need an immigration lawyer?

Answering the question, here are some common situations in which calling an immigration attorney may be your best move: 

  • You’re unsure about your eligibility for a visa, green card, or other immigration benefits.
  • You’re concerned that you may be inadmissible to the U.S. This is because of your health, criminal activity, unlawful presence, or some other inadmissibility category.
  • You’re finding it very hard to obtain citizenship, a green card, or another immigration benefit. Maybe you’ve been asked to provide more evidence, and you’re not entirely sure what evidence you need. 
  • You’re requesting a discretionary relief, like a waiver or asylum. Entails convincing the immigration authorities to offer you benefits they might not normally offer to other applicants.
  • Your immigration application has been denied or refused in the past.
  • You’ve been deported and want to apply again.
  • You’ve been asked to attend a removal or deportation proceeding.
  • You’re planning on working in the U.S. but don’t have a U.S. employer to help you with your immigration application.

The next situation also includes:

  • If you committed a crime. Attempting to enter the United States or prevent your removal from the country.
  • You’re applying for an immigrant investor visa.
  • You’re a U.S. employer planning to hire workers from outside the country. Workers could qualify for different visa types or a green card, but it’s not always easy. To determine which request is the most suitable is a complex process.
  • You’ve researched the immigration application process and determined that you do not really understand what you need to do. Also, if you don’t have time to prepare an application on your own. 

You should strongly consider at least discussing your case with an Austin immigration attorney. That is how you find out more about your specific immigration issues and secure the immigration benefit. Even cases that seem straightforward and simple can have hiccups and delays.

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